One in a million: Lynne Morris

Lynne Morris is one in a million. 

The 61-year-old is one of the one million people already helped by the Steve Morgan Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Fund since it was launched in March 2020. Here’s her story:

Phyllis Triggs and Lynne Morris were devastated when Wirral-based social enterprise Happy Times Activities had to close because of Covid-19.

The duo, aged 89 and 61 respectively, live in a supported living bungalow in Birkenhead and used to go to the centre every week.

Happy Times Activities was founded by Helen Oliver in 2011 and offers bespoke beneficial activities such as Yoga 4 Autism, fitness and therapies.

When the coronavirus pandemic forced them to stop their face-to-face contact they applied to the Steve Morgan Foundation and were awarded a £5,000 grant to launch ‘Missing You’ campaign, aimed at providing their regular users with continued support and home activities.

Phyllis and Lynne’s support worker Laura Jones said the pair were counting down the days until Happy Times Activities would reopen.

“They were upset when it first closed but they understand the reason why,” said Laura. ““They love going. Lynne gets a lot of enjoyment out of it. They’ve been given things to do by Happy Times Activities to keep them busy. We have a DVD with activities on and puzzles.

“It’s a stop-gap until they’re up and running but it would be horrible if they no contact at all.  Phyllis and Lynne are both very grateful for the support Happy Times Activities has had from the Steve Morgan Foundation.”

The ‘Happy Home’ packs are being sent out every week, for 12 weeks.  They contain everything from quizzes, spot the differences, sensory relaxation stories and fun music CDs from our Discover Music and Magic Smile’s activity sessions. 

Helen Oliver, founder and director of Happy Times Activities, said: “The difference our ‘Happiness at Home’ packs are making to our participants has surprised even us. They are making a huge difference too for their carers and others they live with. One community nurse was visiting a participant when his musical pack arrived, she called to tell me the difference it made to him and his whole house. 

“She said she couldn’t believe it, as people who appeared withdrawn and sleepy started to sing and some danced as soon as the CD come one – carrying out their happy times routines.  She said it felt like she had left a totally different house to the one she arrived in.  This has all been made possible with the funding from the  Steve Morgan Foundation.”

Philanthropist and businessman Steve Morgan announced in March he would be giving up to £1m a week to charities in Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire faced with a cashflow crisis as a result of Covid-19.

In the first eight weeks the Covid-19 Emergency Fund has made more than 400 awards to frontline charities – including the Happy Times Activities – helping over one million people in the process.

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